Fozzy released their new album, “Boomboxes”on May 6, 2021. The album contains two Top 10 singles, “Nowhere to Run” and “Healthy.”
“Boomboxes” sees Fozzy returns with a diverse collection of songs steeped in attitude. It’s everything the band’s faithful have come to expect from the band while pushing their signature sound forward. songs like “I’m Still Burning” and “Ugly Inside” explodes with the crisp and catchy guitar and the fiery voice. The album doesn’t stop until the merciless closing riff of “The Vulture Club.”
The album is imbued with a sense of urgency and vigor that can only be the work of Chris Jericho [vocals], Wealthy neighborhood [guitars, vocals], Grant Brooks [drums], Billy Gray [guitars]and PJ Farley [bass].
Corresponding Robert Cavuoto had an in-depth conversation with Chris on Fozzythe novelties of , the aggressive power ballad “Army of One” it’s about strength and resilience, whether he’s considering changing his wrestling theme song, and how he’s never had a White Castle burger. Join the fun and check out the transcript of their conversation below.
I can’t tell you how much I love “Boombox”; there are no filler or throwaway songs.
It’s been a while since we started working on the record; we call it “Chinese Fozzocracy” [laughing]since it took three years from the time we entered the studio, maybe more when talking about writing it. We have registered “Nowhere to Run” in May 2019, and here we’re releasing it in May 2022. Not that we’re tinkering. It’s a great record, and we didn’t want to release it when nobody was touring. There weren’t many options for bands or radio stations to play new music. We wanted to wait until the time was right. We didn’t want the disc to come out and leave it floating around. It is the right time !
How many songs did you have to write to get to twelve?
We don’t write like Gene Simmons nor a box of 200 unreleased songs. We have never done that. Occasionally there may be an extra song or two that is not strong enough to record. If we work on something that we know is not good, we stop. The 12 songs on this disc are the ones we finished and recorded. It shows the strength of songwriting to make sure every song works and deserves to be on the record. Otherwise, we let it go.
I know you have a hit single on hand with “I Still Burn”, but the song that should be your next single and my prediction is going to explode is “Army of One”. It’s a terrific song!
Thanks! In my mind, this should be the third single. That’s what I’m counting on. We’ve done walks in the past, but nothing like this. He has a very fast and epic ballad style. I think it’s perfect for “Boomboxes”. Sometimes when you write a song, you think it could and should be a big hit. I definitely agree with you on that. It will be a single at some point. It should also be a very good song to play live. We play six songs from “Boomboxes” but I haven’t added that one yet. It’s a special song for sure.
It’s a terrific song about; power, challenge, strength and resilience. Tell me about the inspiration for this song because it is so perfectly suited to today’s society.
There are a lot of songs about things we’ve all been through, but we didn’t write them that way. If you look “Healthy,” you might think we wrote it during lockdown, but that’s not the case. All songs were written before lockdown! One of the things we really focused on on this record was believing in yourself. Words. “I am an army of war after war,” that’s what we all are. When it comes to wire, the only person you can trust is yourself. I think that’s what’s great about this record; people can relate to it very positively. The song “Judas” was a huge hit for us, and it just won gold and was in the Top 5 on radio stations and sports arenas around the world. The lyrics are dark. “Everyone I’ve ever loved, I’ve pushed away” so people can sympathize with him on a dark level, while “Army of One”, Where “I’m Still Burning” everyone can positively relate to it to believe in themselves and achieve their goals and dreams. I think those two songs have huge potential because people relate to them and it makes you feel good.
You did a great job of sequencing this CD and putting “Army of One” in the right place. How important is sequencing to you?
It’s funny you mention that because sequencing a record is almost forgotten these days because you release one song, then another, and then an EP. I grew up with albums with side one and side two. I believe a record should be an experience that takes you from start to finish with ups and downs like a roller coaster. I spent a lot of time on how it should be sequenced, what works best, and how I’d like to hear it as a fan of Fozzy. Like you said, the first four songs are perfectly placed. I knew the first time I heard “Healthy,” that would be the opening, “I’m Still Burning” is next and a radio hit single, then “Purifier” is more of a rocker. “Army of One” is number four, gets you a little down because it’s epic and inspiring, then launches into “Ugly inside.” There is a musical journey in this disc that I always appreciate. If I’m the only one who likes it, that’s great, but now there are two of us! Its important to me !
“Ugly on the Inside” is another killer song. Is it a personal statement about someone you know or a reflection of celebrities and social media?
Many song lyrics are written by Johnny-Andrew, who co-writes with us and is our producer. It offers a lot of interesting concepts and ideas. I don’t know if he wrote it about anyone in particular, but it’s my job to take those lyrics and conceptualize them into something I can feel. “Ugly Inside” is one of those superficial things with people, and we all know them. It’s superficial on the outside with all the filters and selfies. It is the ugliness inside that one feels very quickly. We all know people like that. The best lyrics are not what matters to me; this is what they mean to all who listen to them. How you can insert your own theme into what they mean to you.
I was surprised by the recording of “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. What was the decision to “metallize” it?
Wealthy neighborhood started an 80s cover band during the pandemic, but not a rock version covering Poison, white snakeWhere Motley Crue. he was covering Billy Ocean, Duran Duranand Frankie goes to Hollywood. We played “Relax” on the Cruise to Jericho just before lockdown. We did covers one of the nights, and Rich suggested we play it because it was such a good song. It went so well with Rich on guitar and me on vocals. It was so heavy. Everyone knew all the words, and it was an energetic melody. We decided to record it to see how it sounded, which turned out really well. It almost has an industrial vibe. We’ve been playing it live ever since, and it’s clear night after night that it’s one of the highlights of the set.
You have to sell t-shirts that say “Chris Says Relax” at your shows.
This is “Fozzy Say Relax” because it really is. We made a covers record and played ABBA “SOS” It just worked because it was heavy and cool. “Relax” fall into this category.
Are you going to update your wrestling theme song from “Judas” to something from the new record?
I think “Judas” is evergreen at this stage. Whether or not being a good guy or a bad guy is related to Chris Jericho. We could change it, but why? People love it, sing it, and want it to be part of the whole experience. People pay money to hear it and sing it AEW watch, so it would be counterproductive to change it.
Have you spoken to Jon Cena about adding one of your songs to the Peacemaker Season 2 soundtrack?
I guess he doesn’t choose the songs, but if the producers call us, we will find a solution.
You should give him a CD so he can pass it on to the right people because some songs on this topic would work well.
I’m sure no one ever does that [laughing].
You are in fantastic shape; how do you stay healthy when you’re on tour and avoid white castle, denny’s and mcdonald’s?
Don’t eat it. I’ve never been that kind of guy. Maybe once in a while as a treat. I don’t think I’ve ever had a white castle in my life. I’ve been in the business for over 30 years, and it takes a certain look, so it’s important to stay away from those things. Eating that stuff doesn’t give you energy; it just makes you lazy and tired.